Chicago City Council Resolution Could Support A Theft- Deterring ‘Kill Switch’ For Smartphones

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A proposed City Council resolution would call on the federal government to support a smartphone “kill switch” in order to deter thefts.

The resolution, submitted by Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), would ask the Federal Communications Commission to support such a “kill switch,” which would wipe the data from a stolen phone and render it inoperable.

“We’re just trying to do something to help the people,” said Ald. Nick Sposato (36th), who has joined five other members of the council in support of the resolution. “I didn’t realize it’s as prevalent as it is.”

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